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Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2009: The Age of Stupid

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2009: <em>The Age of Stupid</em>
Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2009: <em>The Age of Stupid</em>

Looking back from the vantage point of a devastated, CG-crafted future, Franny Armstrong’s cautionary climate change tale The Age of Stupid outlines the present day ills that, in the film’s hypothetical setting, effectively made the world uninhabitable by 2055. As the Sydney opera house burns and the Taj Mahal lies in ruins, Pete Postlethwaite sits in the global archives—a digital repository of all that’s valuable in our vanished civilization—recording a jeremiad against our current age of willful ignorance. In between teary laments, the actor, playing some combination of last survivor and himself, introduces clips from the archive, documentary snippets from the present day that make up the bulk of the film’s content.